Microsoft to Build Something Big

It was easy to find that Microsoft failed to keep pace with its competitors such as Apple and Google in key markets, including smartphones, tablets and search. At that high time, Satya Nadella stepped into the top position as the CEO of the world’s largest software maker. Nearly four months have passed since Nadella took over the job from Steve Ballmer in February. For four months long, Nadella eventually get around to have his first public interview.

“There are going to be Microsoft devices and there are going to be other devices, and we have to make sure our services run on all of them”, Nadella said.

Microsoft Office for iPad

Released yesterday, the Office for iPad is a much more like the version for laptop than the Office Mobile for iPhone is. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are made as separate apps with more features in each. Finally, Office users can do what they have always wanted to do with iOS devices, to manage and create documents on the touch screen and it does work great on it and on-the-go.

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“The decision to release a version of Microsoft’s best-selling Office business apps for Apple’s iPad tablet in April was about winning usage”, Nadella told the audience of the circles.

Real-time language translation technology

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Another new service Microsoft will roll out is a real-time language translation technology set to be an app firstly available for Microsoft 8 users by the end of the year. The service is designed to work with Microsoft’s Skype video conferencing service that claims more than 300 million connected users.  Currently it supports translation for about 40 languages and will be available on all devices, Nadella said.

The speech recognition and translation technology are said to have been working on for more than a decade. The vice president of Skype, Gurdeep Pall posted on his blog that “it is early days for this technology” but he showed great confidence in what they are working on.

Surface Pro 3

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Nadella takes great assurance in that the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 could replace laptops in today’s “post, post-PC era”. The Surface Pro 3, powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system and unveiled this month, is considered by Nadella as a “journey of improvement” at Microsoft.

Nokia Acquisition

The acquisition of Nokia completed last month, which can be called a move Microsoft has carried out recently. The deed, according to Nadella, is after Microsoft recognizes the value of having a “complete” system of hardware, software and services to avoid taking on all the risk of developing hardware for its software and services.

When asked if there will be another big acquisition, Nadella said Microsoft have to build something big and there are cheaper ways for him to get there.

Five most exciting Android phones coming in 2014

For smartphone lovers, 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty boring year in terms of real innovation. That said, we will still see plenty of great new smartphones launch in 2014 that are faster, thinner, more powerful and sleeker than anything we’ve seen before.

Huawei Ascend P7

Smartphone users in the U.S. are likely out of luck with this one, but the Ascend P7 is easily one of the most exciting and unexpected Android phones of the year.

Huawei just unveiled the P7 on Wednesday but it won’t begin launching until next week. When it does, it could very well be the thinnest and sexiest Android phone on the market.  The new Ascend P7 might make its way to the U.S. unofficially if importers start to pick it up. If that’s the case, Android fans should definitely go out of their way to check it out.

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Amazon uses 3D Smartphone to open up its Smartphone market?

On Apr 15, BGR exclusively gave the world a first look at Amazon’s unannounced 3D phone planned to be launched in the coming months.  If it’s true, this is sure the door opener for Amazon to enter the competitively developing smartphone market.

Following the coverage of Wall Street Journal reporting that the company’s kick starter to the smartphone market will be announced in June and will have a glasses-free 3D screen, this exclusive report from BGR brings more light upon the phone with images and confirmations from “trusted sources”.

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A8 processor and the latest iOS 8 will running on New iPhone 6

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The rumors that the iPhone 6 is finally growing up have stirred Apple fans with design chops to action. Apple released until next-generation products, and admired a variety of pre-production of the iPhone 6 concept machine. Return to Apple iPhone 6 will be renamed the third quarter of 2014.

Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has shown us his visions of a possible future iWatch or an iPhone Air in the past, and this week he got in touch again to share with us how he conceives of a bigger iPhone 6 with both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

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Lytro Camera Comes Again

Lytro drew photographers’ attention upon its idea of light-field photography when it revealed the novel technology in 2011. The concept of taking photos, then refocusing them around any object in the picture after the fact, was fascinating to say the least, leading some to speculate Lytro could end up redefining digital photography.

pic1The company soon delivered on its promise to bring the technology to market via its own camera. The Lytro debuted in the winter of 2012. The device applied technology, pioneered by Stanford University researcher Ren Ng, that takes photos by capturing an entire plane of light. Standard cameras capture a single moment from a point of light. The upshot for consumers is that you can change the focus in a picture after the fact. Shaped like an enlarged stick of butter, it did exactly as advertised. Even better, it was simple and consumer-friendly; moreover, the pictures were shareable on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

Japan may become Apple’s second largest market

It is said that Japan has the high possibility to become the Apple’s second largest market, just behind China. According to the latest released data by Kantar Worldpanel, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C account for 76% of new smartphone sales in Japan during the month of October, 2013 including 61% sold by the NTT DoCoMo, the biggest carrier in Japan.

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Thinner, lighter, faster, best iPad Air

It’s been a long time since Apple delivered unto us a proper redesign of the iPad. Lately, iPad Air, the successor of iPad 4, has hit the shelf. The iPad Air delivers killer performance — up to two times faster CPU and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package. An improved front-facing camera makes FaceTiming look better, and the Retina Display still looks great. With the A7 chip, advanced wireless, and great apps for productivity and creativity, iPad Air lets you have a good time wherever you go.

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Apple introduces the most forward-thinking iPhone 5S

Apple fans have been waiting for the iPhone 5 successor for a long time. Finally the iPhone 5S was revealed on Tuesday in Cupertino. It’s the most forward-thinking smart phone that anyone’s ever made with iOS 7 software inside, which Apple previewed earlier this summer.

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Fully Enjoy 1080p HD Blu-ray Movies with DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TreuHD Audio

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DTS, the abbreviated format of Digital Theater System, is a series of multichannel audio technology developed by DTS, Inc. It generally adopts the 5.1-channel surround system. In addition to the standard 5.1-chanel DTS Surround codec, DTS, Inc. had developed several other technologies to compete with other similar systems. The most used technology in DVD/Blu-ray is the DTS-HD Master Audio, which has steadily become the standard lossless audio format for Blu-ray disc format exclusively.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Phablet Comes to Stage with 6.4-inch Full HD Display

Following Samsung, LG and other producer, Sony on Tuesday officially announce the release of 6.4-inch full display phablet – Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which is designed to compete with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and other big screen mobile devices.

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